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Why Malone?

Why should you choose to study social work at Malone University?

That's a great question - one we're so glad you asked! Below are many reasons. Or if you have questions - and want to talk to a current student or professor - feel free to contact us!

  • The three full-time faculty members in the Social Work department are a close-knit team who bring a wide variety of expertise to you, their students! 

  • Jane Hoyt-Oliver has worked with older adults and in the medical system and her current research interests are in domestic transracial adoption, the prevention of relationship violence, and social policy; Karen Slovak has 15 years of teaching at the university level and has a research focus on the areas of suicide, school social workers, cyberbullying, and rural issues. Elizabeth Patterson Roe’s work has focused on international social work and community social work. 

  • You’ll take classes with many of the same students for three years, developing close friendships and a strong sense of community with others who share your vision and calling.

  • You’ll have many opportunities for internships and field placement with a wide variety of populations and client systems – from hospitals to homeless shelters, correctional facilities to adoption agencies.     

  • International social work is relatively new as a field, but Malone students have had incredible experiences in locations across the globe. Malone has specific partnerships and opportunities for study in Denmark, Romania, and Uganda. 

  • Two-thirds of our alumni go on to earn a master’s degree – and our students get into excellent graduate schools. Because Malone’s social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), graduates are eligible for advanced standing in many Master of Social Work (MSW) programs, many times allowing alumni to finish in one year of full-time study rather than two. 

  • Our graduates consistently pass the exam to become a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) at a higher rate than the national average.